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Union-Busting Is As Easy As ABC (the Associated Builders and Contractors)

In American labor history, the Associated Builders and Contractors—well-known in the building trades as just ABC but little-known elsewhere—played a key role in unleashing the anti-union juggernaut of the past half century. And a new report by Thomas J. Kriger, a labor studies professor at the National Labor College, provides an informative look at just what … Read more »

FCA Announces 2011 CREST Award Winners

Bethesda, MD – The winners of the Finishing Contractors Association’s (FCA) second-annual CREST Awards were announced on May 17 at FCA’s Annual Leadership Council. Sixteen companies won awards for their dedication to running an effective safety program. Winners of the 2011 CREST Awards are: Architectural Glass & Metal 1 – 25,000 hours………………….. Eighteen Glass Company, … Read more »

Labor Leaders Release Major Study About the Associated Builders and Contractors, Exposing a Disinformation Campaign Designed to Undermine America’s Labor Laws

From the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department – The Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), with the support of the AFL-CIO and LIUNA, today jointly released the findings of a first-ever state-by-state comparative analysis of the Associated Builders and Contractors trade association, better known as the ABC. The findings expose a pattern of data … Read more »

IUPAT St. Louis: St. Louis alderman seeks new commission, says contractors aren’t following laws

Vaccaro, alderman in the southwest’s 23rd Ward, says he often fields complaints that some city contractors are not following laws requiring minority participation, prevailing wages, insurance and tax payments, or federal safety standards, among other things. Rich Lucks, the local painter’s union business rep, said he understands that sentiment, but this is no small problem. … Read more »

What Can Labor Win if It Backs Obama’s Re-Election?

So, if unions are going to be involved in electoral politics this year, what can they expect to win? And is Washington even relevant to progressive organizing efforts? To discuss these questions, I brought together two experienced strategists. Richard Bensinger, formerly the organizing director of the AFL-CIO and currently an organizing director at the United … Read more »

Top Five Trends in Glass at the AIA Show

As reported by USGlass Magazine, here are the top five trends in glass at the AIA show — Never one to write long if I can write short, here are the top five glass trends from the AIA 2012 convention, which just ended Saturday: 1.Dynamic and solar control glass a-go-go:  The primary manufacturers were out … Read more »

Investing In Ourselves with the AFL-CIO Family of Funds

From the May AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation Newsletter — Financing & Owning Our Future  BIT Participates in Breakout Session at the Building & Construction Trades Departments 2012 Legislative Conference Over 100 union leaders participated in a session titled, “Financing and Owning Our Future” at the Building & Construction Trades Department’s annual legislative conference. The discussion, moderated by … Read more »

Did Scott Walker Lie Under Oath to Congress?

Interesting questions surface regarding Walker and the now very famous video making its rounds on the internet.  Nation asks the following – …did the governor of Wisconsin lie, under oath, to Congress? The videotape of Walker talking with Diane Hendricks, the Beloit, Wisconsin, billionaire who would eventually give his campaign more than $500,000, surfaced late last … Read more »

IUPAT Complete Timeline on Facebook.com/IUPATfan

See the complete IUPAT Timeline on www.facebook.com/IUPATfan beginning with when we were founded in 1887! Be sure to LIKE the page while you’re there!  

Ullico Inc. Welcomes Six New Board Members

IUPAT Executive General Vice President Kenneth Rigmaiden and former IUPAT Vice President, Newly Elected BCTD President Sean McGarvey Among New Members From ULLICO — May 11, 2012 — Ullico Inc. (“Ullico”), a privately held specialty insurance and investments holding company serving the union workplace, today announced that it has added six new members to its board … Read more »